Thousands to protest in Heart Lake
Thousands are expected to attend a two-hour rally in Heart Lake this Sunday.
Between 2 and 4 p.m., Heart Lake residents will let the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) know just how congested the area will become when a board-approved multi-highrise development is built at the corner of Sandalwood Parkway and Conestoga Drive.
They are gearing up for at least 2,500 protestors for the rally in the area around Loafer’s Lake Recreation Centre.
They say they are planning a “family friendly” and peaceful gathering where residents can voice their concerns, display posters and signs, and send a message to the premier, area MPPs, and the OMB.
They say the six apartment buildings will bring approximately 2,500 new residents to the area, and possibly more, along with added traffic. Residents and city officials maintain that the highrise development is in the wrong spot. The city is trying to concentrate high density growth along the Queen Street Corridor, where Zum bus rapid transit will help make it work.
The outlying single-family, low-rise subdivisions of Heart Lake are more compatible with a similar development on the empty lot, such as a townhouse complex, they say.
The land has been vacant for decades and was recently zoned for two 18-storey buildings. The OMB approved 834 units in a six building highrise development up to 20-storeys high at the corner. The land is zoned for 419 units in two 18-storey towers.
A stage will be set up on Loafer’s Lake Recreation Centre property and a handful of residents will speak during the rally.
Protestors are being asked to bring two stamped, self-addressed envelops— one for Chris Bentley, the minister of the attorney general, the other for Michael Gottheil, chair of the OMB. Organizers will provide form letters to fill the envelops for those who do not write their own, and they plan to march to the Sandalwood post office to mail them as a wrap-up to the rally. Details about the rally and the letter campaign are posted on the group’s Facebook page, Stop Heart Lake High-Rises.
The City of Brampton will be in court July 14 asking for leave to appeal the OMB decision. Developers Royalcliff Developments Inc. and Lake Path Holdings Inc. fought for the development at the OMB, despite resident opposition and a unanimous city council rejection.